It is clearly impossible to blame the technology itself – its pros and cons were already well known at the time when the state procured new police cars. The state also decided on plug-in hybrids under the influence of Brussels. The European Union sent money for the purchase from the renewal plan, but one of the conditions was that the police procure vehicles capable of ecological operation. A decision was made and the state purchased roughly 600 plug-in hybrids.
We meet cars on the streets, they can be seen near police stations. The Minister of the Interior, Matúš Šutaj Eštok, criticized the purchase of vehicles and said that experience from operation showed that the cars are unsuitable for the Slovak police. „From the point of view of the work of a police officer, they are completely inappropriately purchased,” stated the minister for TV Markíza. It is said that the cars do not have time to charge, the total operating costs are supposed to be higher as a result, which is paid for by the state.
The expert adds his point of view and emphasizes that the car is of course ecological when operating from the battery. “If it runs on a combustion engine (car, editor's note), then it is a completely ordinary car like any other,” said Patrik Križanský from the Slovak Association for Electromobility. “It's not a technology problem, it's a charging infrastructure setup and planning problem,” emphasized Križanský.